Have you ever been scrolling through a photographer’s profile and thought HOW?! How do they convey the emotion so perfectly? I believe in creating authentic images. I truly love sweetheart sessions because: it challenges me to find ways to get my couple to open up organically, they become comfortable in front of the camera, & they help them capture their story
Now, I can only do this if I know my couples and understand how to help them. One way I help is by using different prompts instead of poses. Here’s 7 prompts to creating authentic emotions
there is a key difference between a prompt and a pose. a prompt gives direction but ultimately lets the couple follow through with how they’re more comfortable.
I’ve always been a visual learner so I’m going to show you images with the prompts I gave and you can decide for yourself what you think. Tell me which prompt you like more or which you’ve never tried!
prompt #7: bump into each other
this one is a great one to start a session out with because it helps my couples get comfortable in front of me. this gets the couple moving and focusing on each other and not my camera in their face.
I told Alex here to hold Kendra’s hand and while they walked side by side, to bump their hips into each other’s side.
prompt #6: the potato sack / aka throw her over your shoulder
so this one is always fun but kinda risky and very self-explanatory.
I told Ryan to throw Breana over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. this prompt typically gets some laughter before, during, AND after.
prompt #5: dance like it’s your first dance
dancing may or may not be something your couple likes. If my couples has a song that is super special to them, I make sure it’s on my playlist. I love playing “their song” and letting them have a sweet moment together.
if they tend to just hold each other and sway, I always tell him “while you’re listening to this song, tell her one thing you love/admire about her.”
prompt #4: surprise!
I love this one because I always get some of the most genuine smiles. I had the bride stand facing me and the groom came tiptoeing up from behind. when he got close enough, he wrapped his arms around her and kissed her all over.
prompt #3: piggy back
self explanatory, right? But it’s not just any piggy back. I told Ryan that he had to bounce around to try to get her off his back. this guarantees laughing by at least one person!
prompt #2: tell him/her what you love most about him/her
Okay, so this one is possibly the most “open-ended” type of prompt. I’ve had people tell each other their favorite characteristics of each other. I’ve had a groom tell his wife why he loves her booty. What their first impressions were. Their favorite memories. So many possibilities here. I’ll give them an idea on what the topics can be and then I just step back and let them be.
prompt #1: sandwich ingredients (my favorite!)
this one is by far my most favorite and tends to work well for everyone. I know men love their sandwiches (dont @ me for stereotyping) and I want to make sure guys feel involved in the session and not miserable. SO. I always tell the guy to get nice and close and whisper into her ear. Whisper something specific–his favorite sandwich ingredients. The catch? He has to say it in his most sexy voice. that’s the key. and that’s really what makes her laugh and eventually him.
Are any of these new to you? I’d love to hear the results when you use any of these prompts. I hope these help you out at your next sweetheart session!